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National Infrastructure Commission chief executive Phil Graham. Image: Photoshot

Interview: Phil Graham, National Infrastructure Commission CEO on Heathrow, HS2 – and long-term thinking

10 August 2016

The National Infrastructure Commission is less than a year old. But it's already thinking about the infrastructure Britain will need in 2050. The NIC'...

danny payne FCO services copyright FCO

Interview – FCO Services chief exec Danny Payne: “Confidence has increased ever since we became a commercial entity"

3 August 2016

There’s more to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office than diplomacy and policy, with the government department harbouring one of the most overtly commercial...

Former Border Force director general Tony Smith with then-Home Secretary Theresa May

What’s Theresa May like as a boss? We asked former Border Force chief Tony Smith

14 July 2016

Former Border Force director general Tony Smith spent four decades in Theresa May's old department, the Home Office. Here he tells...

Zara Farrar, women's group GDS

"Sexism was rife in some teams" – how the Government Digital Service tackled its "boys' club" image

11 July 2016

Not long ago, the team overseeing digital transformation in Whitehall was in need of some significant changes itself. Zara Farrar, leader of the Government Digital Service’s women’s group, tells...

Sir Michael Wilshaw photographed for The House by Paul Heartfield

Michael Wilshaw interview: Ofsted's outgoing chief on the “gaping hole in our education system” and what Gove would be like as PM

7 July 2016

As Sir Michael Wilshaw approaches the end of his tenure as head of education inspectorate Ofsted, he looks back on his time in post and vents his concerns about a worrying lack of leadership in...

Tom Scholar

The Treasury's new permanent secretary starts today. So who is Tom Scholar?

4 July 2016

HM Treasury’s new permanent secretary Tom Scholar arrives in post via a somewhat different route to long-serving predecessor Sir Nick Macpherson. Colin Marrs takes a look at his career to date and...

Alex Holmes GDS

Government Digital Service chief: We’re trying to lose our “arrogant” image

29 June 2016

“When we are concerned about a service, we have learnt to have a much better discussion about how that could be improved," says GDS chief operating officer...